Building a research collaboration – TRAPI

Building a research collaboration – TRAPI

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Building a research collaboration – TRAPI

April 24, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm EDT



Scientific research on improving North American (NA) truffle production is very limited. Yet, there are some talented NA research and extension scientists that are very interested in supporting growth of the NA truffle industry by testing ways to improve truffle yields. The planning grant called “TRAPI: Truffle Research and Production Initiative” was awarded to University of Idaho in September 2022 with the support of numerous NATGA members. Look for TRAPI on the NATGA website. We are halfway through that one-year planning grant with activities including surveys of scientists and growers, completed webinars on topics of high interest, and the recruiting of teams and individuals to write sections of an article on “Current Knowledge of Truffle Cultivation and its application in North America”. This webinar will provide the long-term goals of the research, the activities within the planning process, and our approach for preparing a winning interdisciplinary proposal. There will be plenty of time after the overview to answer all of your questions about TRAPI, discuss important research needs, and talk about roles and responsibilities for individual growers who want to be involved in research and extension efforts.


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Mark Coleman

Forestry Faculty

TRAPI project director. Forestry Faculty at University of Idaho for the past thirteen years.

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Staci O’Toole

Truffle Huntress

NATGA Research Task Force Lead.  Staci’s love for foraging began over 25 years ago while studying to become a Biological Sciences Major at The Ohio State University.  After a successful career as an Insurance Executive she was looking to return to her roots and passions of Animals, Food & Wine.   Unbeknownst to her at the time, her journey as a Truffle Farmer, which began nearly a decade ago, was due to the love of a dog.

North American Truffle Growers Association (NATGA)

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